August 7 ~ National Purple Heart Day
Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7th each year and is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the nearly 1.8 million Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and War on Terror fighters who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.
The precursor to the modern Purple Heart was known as The Badge of Merit. It was designed by Gen. George Washington in 1782 in the form of a purple heart, and was intended as a military order for soldiers.
The Badge of Merit fell into disuse until the bicentennial of Washington’s birth in 1932, when Gen. Douglas MacArthur spearheaded an effort to revive the medal.
During World War II, the medal was changed into a recognition of combat injuries and deaths. Over time, the military has further modified the award, including adding acts of terrorism and friendly fire injuries.
Today, take a moment to pause, remember, and honor the 1.8 million soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen who received the Purple Heart for defending our freedoms.
Also, checkout organizations dedicated to supporting our wounded warriors, including Carolina-based Purple Heart Homes which is dedicated to providing housing for Service Connected Disabled and Aging Veterans that is substantial in function, design, and quality fit to welcome home the fighting men and women of America.